For our 2014 CES wrap up issue we’re covering a few of the most amazing gadgets that were in this year’s exhibit hall. CES has changed a lot over the past decade. One of the positive changes is that independent companies have a greater ability to shake things up now even if people give more attention to announcements by tech giants like Samsung or Sony. With a mix of interesting and exciting presentations from independent projects, CES 2014 was one of the most memorable shows ever for showcasing new tech talent.
Although a lot of gadgets were cutting edge and innovative, we have shortlisted the following 5 gadgets that simply stole the show.
- Playstation Now: it is true that Playstation Now is not exactly a gadget but this online game streaming service was definitely the most important and exciting announcements at CES for the gamers around the world. Sony purchased Gaikai – a cloud gaming service- in 2012 and now at CES 2014 we came to know what it was for. Playstation Now solves the backwards compatibility problem along with a new Sony Playstation 4’s app – a killer think that is going to make the gamers reserve a special space for this one under their TVs.
- Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector: perhaps this was the best announcement by Sony made this year. Due to the short distance the projector needs from the wall while giving a fantastic sharp picture, this projector gives the feel of the best future of a projector as well as a TV on the whole.
- Pebble Steel Smartwatch: this is being considered one of the top most gadgets of 2014. The new Steel version is an update of its original model and shows Pebble’s next step towards attaining the mainstream market with this special device. The gadget’s Aluminium and leather straps look great and might be enticing enough for those who do not wear a watch every day yet.
- Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Smartphones are not regularly showcased at CES because most of the big companies save the unveiling of their flagship products for their own conferences and press events. However, Sony surprised us by bringing their best smartphone to the show: Xperia Z1 Compact. The device comes with an amazing camera too!
- The Stream Machines: this year at CES, Valve finally lifted the cover off the first generation of Stream machines. The consoles range from $500 – $600 and the number of displayed computers literally shocked everyone. Even if these feel like a prototype, Valve has certainly put a serious message across – it’s coming!